Let’s keep this one short today, because there’s not much that can be said other than letting out a long, disgusted sigh.
Not too long ago I stumbled across the Wikipedia stub for my high school. It’s not very long and states some clear facts, such as its name abbreviation and age in relation to the other two high schools in the district. But there’s one thing in it that is just shameful. Here’s the whole thing:
Springfield Southeast High School (SSHS or Southeast High School to natives) is a public high school located in Springfield, Illinois. Southeast is the youngest high school serving Springfield Public Schools District 186, the oldest and second oldest being Springfield High School and Lanphier High School respectively. Ironic because of its name, this school feeds from the southeast area of Springfield.
As of the 2007-2008 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,350 students and 61.0 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 22:1.
Did you catch it? Ironic because of its name, this school feeds from the southeast area of Springfield.
First of all, “ironic because of its name” doesn’t even make sense. Second, the school does not “feed” from the southeast area of Springfield, its student body is composed of residents from the southeast area of Springfield. Lastly, and most importantly, THAT IS NOT IRONIC! It is not ironic because that does not fit the definition of irony, and it is not ironic in the sense that the author thought because it is NOT a coincidence that the school is named Southeast and serves the southeast portion of the city. That was on PURPOSE. Twelve years later and District 186 still amazes me. Does anyone know how to edit Wikipedia?